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An ongoing series about gentrification, housing, race and class in urban America.

Join Andru and Cornelius as they share news, opinion and conversation about the most important issue facing U.S. cities: the gap between rich and poor.

This podcast is a companion to the documentary Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland, Ore. "When homes leaves you."

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35 Episodes
This episode is a panel discussion for the Society of Applied Anthropology with podcast co-host Cornelius Swart and activist, and entrepreneur Stephen Green. Stephen was featured in Priced Out, the documentary, and was the interviewed on a previous podcast [EP: 32] about black business and the black middle class’s role in gentrification.  At the panel, he talked about reframing the discussion on gentrification in Portland.  Stephen stated that the black community is growing in metro Portland, just not in the old black neighborhood. With that growth comes challenges but also opportunities.More from Priced Out: Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Cynthia Macias grew up in the black and Latino neighborhoods of Long Beach, California. It was an idyllic "hood" growing up. But as an adult, she led a harrowing and heartbreaking life filled with domestic violence and housing discrimination. But Cynthia became a fighter and a housing activist instead of a victim. By the time she was confronted with a stunning race-based eviction, Cynthia was prepared to become a racist landlord's worst nightmare.Join us for a very personal edition of the Priced Out Podcast, as we listen to the pain, the struggles and the victories of one Long Beach resident who has finally had enough.More on Housing Long Beach from Priced Out: Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
We are mid-season here at Priced Out and your hosts Andru and Cornelius what to hear what city you think we should be covering.Andru and Cornelius talk about their recent travels and the gentrification that they've seen in a bunch of places including Cartagena, Colombia, Kansas City, Missouri, and Vancouver, British Colombia. Listen in and see what they saw happening in those places.  In Colombia, where Cornelius' mother was born, Cartagena has transformed from a third-world city into a resort town with almost no full-time domestic residents, virtually overnight. In Kansas City, Andru returned to his childhood stomping ground and found Brad Pitt, of all people, had taken up shop and was fighting gentrification. In British Colombia, Cornelius found the slums of Gastown and Chinatown full of homelessness, drug addiction, boarded-up buildings, and extremely expensive rent!Those are just a few stories a future Priced Out Podcast could pursue. Tell us which one you like best. Or, if there's a city you think we should cover (your city?) let us know.Get ahold of us at or through any of our social networks.More about Priced Out here: Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Stephen Green is featured in our documentary Priced Out, but not nearly enough.  Born in a suburb of Portland, Stephen moved into the heart of Oregon's black community when he started a family. An economist, venture capitalist and activist, Stephen has worked in both government and in the private sector.  He oversaw property acquisition for the City of Portland during some of the most volatile years of gentrification in the black community. He is also on a committee that distributes funds from Portland's largest affordable housing bond. He serves on the board of the city's premiere black community organization (Self Enhancement Inc.). And he helped create the nation's first nonprofit brewpub.The black community is far more broadly defined than simply a neighborhood for Stephen. He also sees wealth creation, rather than social justice, as the most vital challenge in charting an equitable future for Portland and the nation's African American community. Listen in as Stephen talks about the emerging role that the black middle class will come to play in urban America and all the things that Priced Out the documentary failed to cover.Stephen Green's Ted Talk: More about Priced Out here: Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Cluj-Napoca is a historic city of about 300,000 residents in northeast Romania. The city is considered the unofficial capital of Transylvania and it contains the country’s largest free university.Since the fall of communism in the 1990s, Romania's housing stock has been re-privatized. That's created the first generation of renters in 50 years while at the same time little rent regulation and low-cost housing have been put in place. Recently, a new mayor has pushed free-market reforms, tax breaks and zoning changes in a bid to make Cluj-Napoca into the hipster, tech-hub of Romania. The result has been skyrocketing rents and displacement of the region’s students, renters, and Roma (gypsy) population.Sound familiar? It’s gentrification with a post-communist twist.  Cornelius speaks with tenant organizers Vlad Muresan of the Cluj Tenants Union for an amazing look at how global capital puts the pinch on working people around the world.    If you have ideas that can help people in Cluj, please reach out to Muresan via the groups Facebook Page: about Priced Out here: Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Join us for a live recording of a panel discussion about the threat by a mass transit project poses to the working class, and minority residents of Tigard, Oregon.  Tigard is a suburb immediately to the southwest of Portland. There is a large streetcar project (known as light rail) planned for the area.  As viewers of Priced Out (the documentary) know, that fifteen years ago local government built a light rail system that  caused massive displacement of black and other residents in North Portland. The City of Portland anticipated that the project would create gentrification and promised to build 2,000 units of affordable housing to offset displacement. But 15 years later the city had only produced about 500 units. Priced Out producer Cornelius Swart, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Unite Oregon, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon and City of Tigard teamed up to sponsor a screening and discussion aimed at engaging the residents of Tigard, and helping them avoid the mistakes of the past.Find us at: Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Donte Moss, T. Walker, and Brad Simmons are three young black men from North Carolina, and they think Portland is great. You don’t hear that kind of message too often and certainly not on this show. So, for Black History Month, we’re happy to share what these energetic and positive young men have to say. Moss, a former defensive end for the Tar Heels, moved to Portland several years ago and has brought out Walker and Simmons to check the place out. Together they are part of the art and community promotional group S.O.U.L. Society. For them, Portland is a land of opportunity, free of the front-stabbing oppression of Southern-style racism.  Cornelius sat down with them for an informal chat about their lives as black men, what it’s like in North Carolina, and why they think Portland is so exciting to them.Find us at: Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
After a five-year struggle, [documented in part in Priced Out (the documentary)] housing activists are getting the impossible. The Oregon Legislature is poised to be the first in the nation to impose rent control on an entire state.  Coming on the heels of a housing crisis that scorched Portland and other cities with double-digit rent increases, many see rent control as a massive win for stabilizing working-class renters.   Or is it?   Housing activist and founder of Portland Tenants United, Margot Black, talks to us about what is in the bill and why she thinks it doesn’t go far enough.  She also says what voters can do to help.Margot's recommended link to the Oregon Housing Alliance HERE.If you are fancy and have a WSJ subscription (we don't) you can read about Oregon rent control and why it's all Margot's fault HERE.Find us at: Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Welcome to Season 2 of the Priced Out Podcast.People use a lot of different terms when referring to gentrification. What’s the differences between revitalization, gentrification and a housing crisis?  Why can't the government build affordable housing to compensate communities of color for years of housing discrimination? This is a part two of a conversation we starter last year. All this plus Andru shares a big secret and we finally find out what’s under Cornelius’ pants. Find us at: Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Happy Holidays from the #PricedOut #podcast. We're wrapping up Season 1 and our first year as a podcast. It's been awesome and thank you for your support. In this conversation between Andru and Cornelius, Andru unwraps a present! Cornelius begs. Andru talks about black comic books. And we promise we will look/sound less janky next year. We also preview our other major podcast goals for 2019. Last but not least, Cornelius goes off on Qualified Opportunity Zones. Next year, Trump will turn the 900 lb gorilla of gentrification into Godzilla, as the Federal Government gets into the gentrification game. That said, some black leaders are optimistic. Listen and find out more. PS- please subscribe to our YouTube channel. Two more subscribers and we can get a custom URL! Or better yet, support the podcast on Anchor.Fm. (see link below) Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
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